Interviewee: "Mr. G" Interviewer: Nakita Pasour Date: November 14, 2010
This interviewee, who contributed his story confidentially, was born in 1949, in Eden, NC. His decision to become a nurse arose from his experience as a military operating-room technician during the Vietnam War. He was drafted in 1968 and stayed in the army until 1970. When he left, he began training as an R.N. In the interview, he compares his medical training in and outside the military. He discusses clinical rotations in nursing school, social life in nursing school, his instructors, and his classmates. He describes his first work as a nurse and his learning process on the job. He talks about the types of health problems he observed during his first years of work and his interest in open-heart surgery. He describes the changes, both in medicine and in the profession of nursing, that he has seen over the course of his career.